Generally, if your child is ready to participate in organized sports or activities such as baseball, soccer, or gymnastics, it is usually safe to start strength training.
A child’s strength-training program shouldn’t just be a scaled-down version of an adult’s weight training program. A trainer who has experience in working with kids should design a program for your child and show your child the proper techniques, safety precautions, and how to properly use the equipment.
Kids as young as 7 or 8 years old can usually do strength-training activities (such as pushups and sit-ups) as long as they show some interest, can perform the exercises safely, and follow instructions. These exercises can help kids build a sense of balance, control, and awareness of their bodies.
Specific exercises should be learned without resistance. When proper technique is mastered, small amounts of resistance (body weight, band, or weight) can be added. In general as kids get older and stronger, they can gradually increase the amount of resistance they use. A trained professional can help your child determine what the appropriate weight may be.
At LiveFIT, we have a certified Youth Fitness Specialist available to give your child the proper instruction necessary for youth strength training. LiveFIT is in the process of adding Youth Strength Training classes for various age groups. Classes are small in size to provide the necessary personal attention so make sure to reserve your spot right away. Please feel free to contact us for more information.
Keep in mind that strength training isn’t only for athletes. Even if your child isn’t interested in sports, strength training can:
– Strengthen your child’s bones
– Help promote healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels
– Help your child maintain a healthy weight
– Improve your child’s confidence and self-esteem